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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 25: The number of houses rented by bachelors in Wafra Residential area is quite big compared to other areas, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a reliable source from Kuwait Municipality.

He revealed that 60 percent of the residents in Wafra Residential area are bachelors. The source explained that the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Fahad Al-Shu’ala has instructed the municipality team to conduct inspections in the above-mentioned houses based on the complaints filed by residents in order to issue warnings of possible power cut-off in case the bachelors are not immediately evacuated. Regarding the bachelor residents in Al-Wafra farming area, the source affirmed that Kuwait Municipality will not conduct campaigns in the farms currently, as discussions are ongoing with Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) concerning the mechanism for entering the farms and solving the problem as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, head of Judicial Arrest Unit in the Ministry of Electricity and Water Adnan Dashti said Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh has recorded the highest number of violations related to water and electricity, followed by Khaitan while Farwaniya Governorate ranked first among governorates in terms of irregularities, reports Al-Jarida daily.

In his interview with the daily, Dashti pointed out Minister of Electricity and Water Dr Khalid Al-Fadhil, Undersecretary Eng Mohammed Bushahri and the assistant undersecretaries are interested in the role played by judicial arrest teams and their works.

He made clear that anyone blocked by the ministry will not be allowed to use the corresponding facilities and services unless the violation is addressed and arrears are paid. He added such persons will be referred to the Investigation Department or Public Prosecution where the necessary legal action will be taken against them. He disclosed the total number of violations and irregularities recorded from the beginning of 2019 until Aug 6 reached 533 as per the latest judicial arrest statistics.

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) cancelled 56,000 work permits, which expired while the holders are out of the country, after checking their data in the Ministry of Interior, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In a press statement, PAM explained it has taken this step based on Article 35 of the bylaw and procedures on granting work permit as stipulated in decision number 552/2018 which allows the authority to cancel the permit in many cases such as follows: if the worker has been out of the country for six consecutive months unless authorized by the Residency Affairs General Department, if the permit expires while the worker is out of the country, and if the worker is deported for any reason.

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior Lt Gen Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah has issued a decision to increase the minimum salary for foreigners residing in Kuwait to 500 if they wish to sponsor wife and children, reports Al-Anba daily.

According to the decision the text of the first paragraph of Article 1 of the Ministerial Decision No. 3384/2016 referred to now reads as follows: For dependent visa, the monthly salary of the sponsor shall not be less than KD 500 and this salary shall be determined by the work contract on which he/ she was granted residence in the country.

source: Arab Times

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 22: Bank data reveals a 23 percent jump in remittances from Kuwait by the end of the first half of 2019 or $8.6 billion, compared to $7 billion in the first half of 2018, reports Al-Wasat daily quoting Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed.


According to statistics issued by the Central Bank of Kuwait, remittances during the second quarter increased by 15 percent compared to the first quarter of this year, reaching to $4.6 billion, compared to $4 billion in the first quarter.

The number of expatriate workers in Kuwait is about 3.4 million, which constitutes about 70.5 percent of the total population of 4.8 million people. The Asian countries have remained at the forefront of the list of countries that transfer money from Kuwait, such as India, Bangladesh and the Philippines, while the Arab countries follow topped by Egypt and Lebanon.


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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 22: The eight members of the Muslim Brotherhood cell who were arrested in Kuwait upon a request of the Egyptian Interpol and deported to Egypt at the request of the Egyptian government are said to have made ‘dangerous confessions’ and revealed the names of terrorist elements operating in three Egyptian governorates of Al-Beheira, Al-Fayoum and Dakahlia, reports Al- Qabas daily quoting Egyptian security sources. 
The source pointed out that one of the elements is said to have admitted in detail how the network transferred money from Kuwait without having access to the exchange companies and banks in Kuwait and Egypt which affected the Egyptian economy before Egypt took decision to float the pound.

The sources stressed that the investigations with members of the Kuwait cell headed by Abu Bakr al-Fayoumi have dropped a bombshell by revealing they were in contact with the ‘Brothers’ of Yemen, and that Al-Fayoumi was in contact with one of the members last April.

The cell leader admitted that he planned to travel to Turkey to meet the Brotherhood members to receive information – according to his confessions – about the Egyptians and Tunisians living in Kuwait.

He said the goal was to recruit as many of them as possible to join the group. Al-Fayoumi confirmed he was about to migrate to Turkey and not return to Kuwait again and that the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey were in contact to hire specific elements to work in the field of charity.

The cell members revealed one of the Egyptians, identified only as Ayman T., joined the group and then left Kuwait for Turkey and from there to Syria to join the terrorist organizations.

Source: Arab Times

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: According to official statistics, 364,500 expatriate workers entered the country in the last five years, reports Al-Qabas daily.

More than 50 percent of these employees are registered as construction workers, security guards, operators of heavy equipment and truck drivers.

Topping the list of expatriate employees who entered the country in the last five years is Indians with a total of 175,000 citizens, followed by Egyptians with 80,000.

This means the rate of Indians exceed Egyptians by 120 percent. On the other hand, the numbers of Pakistanis reduced by 12,000 during this period to reach a total of 80,000, followed by Sri Lankans with 8,500 and Iranians with nearly 4,321 to reach a total of 22,600.

Speaking to the daily, State Minister for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel revealed that handling the demographic imbalance will require a roadmap starting with estimation of the labor needs by Public Authority for Manpower and not by government bodies, and setting minimum qualifications for taking up skilled professions.

Source: Arab Times

Image result for Food trucks’ spreads across Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: With the spread of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by Kuwaiti youth, a new idea of mobile restaurants called ‘Food Truck’ has emerged, reports Annahar daily.

It is designed for the purpose and equipped with certain specifications to prepare and ensure the safety of food according to the standing health and nutritional requirements for food and beverages. Each food truck is different in shape, design and decor depending on the nature of the food provided.

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